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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-25-2014 06:08 PM
brokesailor
Re: Hunter 36 Pros and Cons?

I used to own a Hunter 36 also a 2007 model. I thought the salon sleeting was very uncomfortable. We always envied a friend of mine who owns a 356. His salon seating is sooo comfortable! Checkout a 356 before committing on a 36. There's a ton of them on the market.
08-25-2014 01:55 PM
Ken Roller
Re: Hunter 36 Pros and Cons?

From an '04 Hunter 36 owner of 4 months:

Mel's awesome review of the Hunter 36 was one of the main reasons my wife and I bought one. Here are some things we found in 4 months of ownership...

Electric heads aren't standard. Neither are roller furling mains. Probably come come with the Mariner package. My boat is the plain Jane one.

The aft cabin bed IS a true queen size bed. You lie port to starboard. It is VERY tight all the way aft. There's not even enough room to crawl over your bunkmate to go the head. I can't sleep back there. :-( I'm OK if I sleep on the fwd side of the bed, though.) Changing the sheets is quite a process. You must lay on your belly and slither back to tuck in the sheets at the foot (port) side of the bed. *shudder* I didn't think I was claustrophobic... The aft cabin is too hot to sleep in during the summer. (No AC or gen on my boat.) We use the V berth. However, in cool weather, after running the engine, all that warmth is quite nice. The engine also heats up hot water for washing, the tank being under the berth. (We're year round sailors, living in Virginia.)

BTW, the shower stall setup really is nice. Makes you feel quite civilized.

We've cooked some great meals on the stove/oven. The oven has a really nice broiler that also doubles as a fair toaster for English muffins.

The boat goes FAR faster than it has any right to go. We've clocked ourselves at 9 Kts on a beam reach in a 12-15 kt breeze. (With some help from currents.) The 29 HP diesel does a good job in bad conditions, too. In dead calm, you can do 6 kts all day. In heavy winds, in irons and a 2 kt current coming at us, we still managed 3.5. (On a 30 ft Hunter we'd been dragged down to a half knot under the same conditions!)

Overall, we love our hunter 36, and it's a great boat to go cruising with for a week or so.
Our next move is to become full time live boards, and we'll need something bigger. We're pretty sure that'll be a Hunter 456.
03-24-2014 10:34 AM
smackdaddy
Re: Hunter 36 Pros and Cons?

Quote:
Originally Posted by shank32095 View Post
"However, the hull is thin above the waterline and I sure it will not take a beating for long against any hard objects." Lots of hard objects out there and it only takes one.
Much better to stay at home. A lot safer for sure.
03-23-2014 09:12 PM
Don0190
Re: Hunter 36 Pros and Cons?

Nothing brings out internet boat experts like the word Hunter, even if it takes 3+ years for their chance.
03-23-2014 05:00 PM
shank32095
Re: Hunter 36 Pros and Cons?

"However, the hull is thin above the waterline and I sure it will not take a beating for long against any hard objects." Lots of hard objects out there and it only takes one.
10-14-2009 05:18 PM
seadaddler
2007 H-36

I have a 2007 H-36 and we love it just the way she is ,no not perfect but to each his own.
She is more than a coastal cruiser,I sailed her from montauk,NY to Florida all ocean,only one day ICW in NC and than ocean to Fort Pierce,FL.
09-09-2009 08:04 AM
southwindphoto Thanks Malrna for the gret review
09-01-2009 07:18 PM
CaptJeff
Nice One For Sale

Great writeup Mel. The 2003 356 model is virtually the same boat but without the drawbacks you mentioned (and I agree) i.e. the 356 has top loading refrig/freezer layout, solid wood sole, grain matched fiddles, lead keel (newer ones are iron) centerline galley sinks, etc. -And of course a 2003 356 (the last year of this layout) is less expensive. Guess what- I happen to own one and will shortly put her on the market, although I will try to avoid going the brokerage route as long as I can. If anyone interested or wants more owner comments let me know!
09-03-2008 10:56 AM
duman311 Wonder write up Mel. Very good points. I will commit them to memory when I go and look at th 36's. Really nice... Thank you for sharing.
08-17-2008 07:08 PM
turfguy WOW Thank you Melrna. I really appreciate such an in depth write up. I am going to save this and print it out for future reference. You answered alot of questions that were running thru my mind as I have done my research.
I think this boat will suit my needs perfectly. I plan on only doing some coastal cruising for the forseeable future and this boat will handle that well. I also love the layout for my liveaboard needs.
Now just have to find a good one to buy!! )
Thanks again,
turf
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